What's Happening at the Lab
Nova Scotia's Inaugural Accessibility Act Review
Nova Scotia's Accessibility Act was proclaimed in 2017 with a goal of achieving an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. The Act guides development of accessibility standards for the built environment, education, employment, the delivery and receipt of goods and services, information and communication, public transportation and transportation infrastructure, and other prescribed activities.
Dr. Katie Aubrecht was appointed by the Department of Justice (Nova Scotia Government) to lead the inaugural review of the Act. The review team included Kelly O’Neil, (lead associate), Dr. Tammy Bernasky, Dr. Emily Reid-Musson, Julianne Acker-Verney, Lisa Snider, Shirley Hodder, Mary Jane Kelly, Shala Knocton, Miriam Schroeder, and Jami Horne. Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Incorporated, operating as Eviance (www.eviance.ca), provided editorial and research work for this report with significant contributions by Dr. Cameron Crawford, Eviance Senior Data and Policy Officer, and Dr. Susan L. Hardie, Eviance Executive Director. The review adopted an inclusive design approach and engaged accessibility subject matter experts. Steven Estey, Sherry Costa-Lorenz, Anne Camozzi, Rosie Sylliboy, Conrad Saulis, Melanie Gaunt, Vicky Levack, and Sylvia Parris-Drummond offered valued insight and guidance at various points in the review.
Independent Review Report (PDF): https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/docs/accessibility-act-review-report.pdf
Plain Language Summary (PDF): https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/docs/accessibility-act-review-report-summary.pdf
ASL Executive Summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmBdXxGm2lY
Review Website: https://nsaccessreview.ca/
Maritime Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Support Unit (MSSU) Celebrates National AccessAbility Week
The MSSU EDIA Science team's "Accessibility and Systemic Ableism in Health Research" webinar launched as part of National AccessAbility Week.
CIHR's 2023 Summer Program in Aging
The Lab is pleased to support the 2023 Summer Program in Aging (SPA) via participation of Director Dr. Katie Aubrecht as a mentor. The SPA is being co-hosted by the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aging. SPA 2023 will bring together more than 40 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for an immersive 4+ day advanced learning experience that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography. The Theme for SPA 2023 is Longer-living older adults: Multidisciplinary approaches to a growing area of research on aging and the program is being planned to be held in person in Nova Scotia at White Point Beach Resort with program planning being led a multi-disciplinary planning group. More information can be found at https://www.spa2023.ca/
Call For Papers: RDS Special Issue: Conversations With/Across the Global South: Towards Decolonial Disability Futurities
We are pleased to announce a Special Issue on Conversations with/across the Global South: Towards Decolonial Disability Futurities with guest editors Drs. Xuan Thuy Nguyen, Carleton University, Katie Aubrecht, St. Francis Xavier University, and Shilpaa Anand, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. We are currently soliciting papers of approximately 6000 words in length. The deadline for submission of papers is August 15th, 2023.
Additional Information at https://rdsjournal.org/index.php/journal/rds-global-south
Papers should be submitted to the RDS online submission system at https://rdsjournal.org/
Review of Disability Studies (RDS) rdsjournal.org is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, international journal published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The open access journal contains research articles, essays, creative works and multimedia relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities.
Invitations to Participate in Research
Exploring the Impact of Gender and Disability-Based Violence Among Students at Nova Scotia Universities
The Lab has partnered with Dr. Tammy Bernasky, Cape Breton University, and Sherry Costa-Lorenz, Nova Scotia League of Equal Opportunities, on a study to examine gender and disability based violence in Nova Scotia universities. If you are a current or former post-secondary student with a disability who attends or has attended a Nova Scotia University, you are invited to take part in a survey to share your experiences.
New Report on Dementia Care Under Covid-19
Report: SGBA+ Policy Scan Report_0.pdf
Summer Research Presentations
- Giosa, J., Kalles, E., Holyoke, P., McAiney, C., Oelke, N.D., Aubrecht, K., McNeil, H., & Habib Perez, O. (May, 2023). Co-designing action-oriented mental health conversations: The case for integration in home and community care. International Conference on Integrated Care. Antwerp, Belgium.
- Giosa, J., Kalles, E., Holyoke, P., McAiney, C., Oelke, N.D., Aubrecht, K., McNeil, H., & Habib Perez, O. (May, 2023). Co-designing action-oriented mental health conversations: Adapting and validating the mental health continuum model for older adults. Annual Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference. Montreal.
- Reid-Musson, E., Aubrecht, K., Kelly, C., & Knocton, S. (May, 2023). Evaluating for equity in dementia care: A process for logic model co-development. Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research. Annual Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference. Montreal.
- Reid-Musson, E., Aubrecht, K., Kelly, C., Embrett, M.G., Johnson, S., Macdonald, M., Sim, M. (June, 2023). Conditions of homecare workers’ (in)visibility in Nova Scotia: Insights from a sociology of dementia. Canadian Sociological Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, Toronto.
- Aubrecht, K. (June, 2023). Therapeutic dignity and ‘culture change’ in residential dementia care. Canadian Sociological Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, Toronto.
- Giosa, J., Kalles, E., Holyoke, P., McAiney, C., Oelke, N.D., Aubrecht, K., McNeil, H., & Habib Perez, O. (June, 2023). Adapting the Mental Health Continuum model to guide conversations between older adults and providers in home and community care. Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference. Vancouver.